In the Sunday April 4th Courier-Journal, columnist Pam Platt’s weekly article was nothing but close-minded liberal garbage that i found to be truly offensive to not just members of the GOP, but to women and anybody that doesn’t share the opinion of the writer.   And to think, this woman was once the ombudsman for this paper that she so proudly avoids any attempt at resolve.

In her column she said many things that I could have commented on, but because I was limited to characters I could use in my letter to the paper, I had to pick my battles.

The following is her article followed by my letter to the editor that they didn’t print.  Instead The Courier-Journal continued to do what they do on a daily bases –  fill the majority of the opinion page with left leaning rhetoric that only supports their agenda and their war on the GOP.

NO TIME WASTED IN GOP’S WAR ON WOMEN – Pam Platt

Last November, exit polls showed that the economy and voter anger were at the heart of the Republican victory. “Results by women, conservatives, independents not seen in decades,” read a headline on ABCNews.com.

I wonder how women, true conservatives and independents are feeling now, four months into “victory,” as a characteristically overreaching GOP has pulled on its hip boots to wade into abortion politics pronto and, yet again, dragging Big Brother right along with them.

Invasions of privacy? Mandatory ultrasounds? Longer waiting periods? Shorter windows of opportunity for the procedure? Fewer providers? Potential criminal sentences for doctors? Putting the squeeze on insurers? Piling on new restrictions for clinics? Making the procedure prohibitively expensive for poorer women? This, while Planned Parenthood, which does more to prevent unwanted or unintended pregnancies than any other organization, is threatened with defunding?

All of the above! (That’s the reason for the hip boots.)

Women of America, you’ve been put on notice: If you have a womb, you’d darn well better plan on using it. You are practically vessels of the state. And who’s a socialist now?

Funny, isn’t it, how the Small Government Gang wants to curb government intrusion into everything except the womb. Second thought, not so funny.

So, I wonder. I wonder if women, true conservatives and independents are having second thoughts, too, as the GOP does what they always do when they get a majority, and that is go straight back to the barn where they store the social issues for handy reclaiming while they talk about jobs and the economy. And I wonder if women, true conservatives and independents are even aware of the incursions being made into their most private reckonings and most personal areas while their anger is being stoked and hijacked for electoral victory.

That same ABC News story said women were evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans in House races, the best showing Republicans had since 1982. Working-class women specifically went for Republicans by 8 percent. Swing-vote independents went big for Republicans, too.

What part of the longstanding GOP jihad against a woman’s right to choose did they not understand?

Surely it comes as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention for, oh, say, the past 30 years, that this is part and parcel of the post-Reagan GOP package.

Did voters not figure that The Economy might just be the Trojan Horse the party needed to mount this attack again?

Tales from the front:

South Dakota has become the nation’s first state to require a 72-hour waiting period for an abortion; about half of the states have a 24-hour waiting period. Because South Dakota has no doctors who will perform abortions, South Dakota women must rely on doctors from another state who fly in once a week to do abortions at a Planned Parenthood clinic. This either means the woman wanting an abortion must drive back and forth between the first consultation and the procedure, or get a room and stay close to the clinic until the doctor arrives. Aside from that added burden, the new law also requires all women seeking abortions to go to “counseling” sessions that can be run by anti-abortion groups seeking to persuade women to change their minds, by any means (photos, religion, questionable studies) necessary.

Before we leave South Dakota, it’s worth mentioning that there was a state bill to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to include killing a person in the defense of an unborn child. Said a Planned Parenthood official, “It’s a very clear shift in the conversation. We have never had a public conversation about whether it’s right to kill a doctor.” Reason, such as it was, prevailed here, at least (it appalled many anti-abortionists, too), and the bill was shelved this time around.

On to Arizona, which has become the first state to come out of the closet and specifically try to tie America’s abortion access to civil rights and eugenics, passing a law that bans abortions because of ethnicity or gender of the fetus. The new law puts doctors and other professionals at risk of felony charges, and prison sentences of years, if they are found to have aided sex- or race-based abortions — which raises even more questions about doctor-patient confidentiality, and right to privacy. And it would seem to add another chilling effect on the willingness of doctors or other health care professionals to provide abortion services. “This law creates a highly unusual requirement that women state publicly their reason for choosing to terminate a pregnancy — a private decision they already made with their physician, partner and family,” said the head of Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Supporters of the law said they believed such practices occurred in Arizona, although they had no proof.

In Virginia, a bill to require clinics that perform first-trimester abortions to meet the same standards as hospitals has been signed into law; previously clinics were regulated like physicians’ offices that provide outpatient services. The new regulations could include anything from staffing and equipment requirements, to the width of doorways and hallways. Abortion-rights supporters fear that the costs involved could force most of the state’s 21 clinics to close. Those who support the new law said they were looking out for women’s lives.

(Hmmm … this session the Virginia House overturned a mandate that girls be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus by sixth grade, despite the mandate’s parental opt-out and the estimate that removing the mandate could lead to the deaths of a thousand or more women each year; the Senate killed it.)

Various and sundry other measures to curb abortion access are making their way through statehouses from Florida to Texas and beyond. (Fortunately, Kentucky’s latest try at a forced, intrusive, burdensome sonogram bill was stopped by the House.) Worth special mention: Hoosier Republican Eric Turner, who argued against loopholes for rape and incest in the state’s abortion law because “someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.” He said he didn’t want to disparage someone “who’s gone through the experience of a rape or an incest.” No, but he succeeded in adding “liar” to the assumptions about women seeking abortions.

(Some theorize that all these bills are being rushed into law so that a challenge will make it to a Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade.)

Speaking of those assumptions, here’s a reality check: Nearly half of all pregnancies to American women are unintended. About one-third of American women have had an abortion by age 45. Sixty-one percent of American women who have had an abortion also have one or more children. Almost 60 percent are unmarried. Almost 70 percent are economically disadvantaged. More than 70 percent claim a religious affiliation.

Anyone else think all this amounts to declaring war on women, especially working-class and poorer women? Anyone else think that another constituency would stand for such widespread government intervention in its access to pharmaceutically enhanced erections?

Who’s angry now?

The following is my letter to the editor that was not printed.

In Pam Platt’s column “No Time Wasted In GOP’s War On Women,” she attempts to justify Planned Parenthood preventing more unwanted or unintended pregnancies than any other organization – but it falls short with her defensible questions, because she fails to ever mention that Planned Parenthood is also the leading provider of abortions in America.

Mrs. Platt insulted the working-class women and swing vote independents that she spoke of who “went big for republicans” by saying, “What part of the longstanding GOP jihad against a woman’s right to choose did they not understand.” Did she realize that maybe they purposely voted that way because they are sick and tired of paying for birth control that they don’t agree with for many people who choose to be irresponsible, or because the law that now allows a minor to come to Kentucky and have an abortion without their parent’s consent?

Women are beginning to wake-up and realize that the days of the liberal agenda for the government to take care of them and make decisions for them because they are too incompetent to do so have run its course.

Mrs. Platt obvious fails to realize that not all people want their tax dollars paying for the taking of a human life.  You say, what gives the government the right to decide what a woman does with her body; I say what gives you the right to take away ones unalienable right to live.  A person shouldn’t be discriminated against based on where they reside, and based on her views on abortion, the most dangerous place to reside in America is in the womb of a liberal.

But you’re right about one thing Mrs. Platt, “woman of America, you have been put on notice,” Americans are tired of paying for your irresponsible behavior.

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